In the SPECS Foundation’s Residential Care home, they saw the need to put the kids’ spiritual care at the forefront. This is also part of their goal which is to nurture kids with a holistic view. They believe that kids need their spirituality and moral values nurtured thoughtfully by empathic adults. Spirituality, morality, religion, and ethics are interwoven. Most spiritual belief systems touch on the sanctity of life, respect and care for the family, community, and others.
Challenges or Possibilities?
Spiritual care is crucial to the well-being of children especially in stressful times like this pandemic. However, lack of knowledge and time can be the main challenges in integrating spiritual care. This is not the case in ResCare. Because SPECS Foundation is a faith-based organization, there is never a dearth of knowledge and time for spiritual activities. All Therapeutic Program Workers (TPW) can incorporate values formation and spiritual activities in the everyday activities of the kids.
How Spiritual Care Helps
Even with the temporary separation from their parents, the kids of ResCare have found that spiritual support also means they have a second home in ResCare. And that this home emphasizes respect for their individuality. They have also developed confidence and strong relationships with other kids who also became part of their extended family. They now feel that their environment is safe enough for them to talk and think about their spiritual experiences and reflections on life. Lastly, they now see themselves as sources of comfort and understanding for other people. They see that they need people and others need them. With the kids developing in the way that they should be, what more can we ask for? All glory to God!